Thursday, May 24, 2012

I've Downloaded The D&D Next Playtest Materials - And Have Decided to Give DCC a Complete Read Through Instead

Hows that for a kicker?

When I got my Dungeon Crawl Classics hardcover, I saw the size of it and basically said: "there ain't no way in hell I'm reading this without a week long vacation."

I've played D&D Next in it's previous incarnations and I really haven't seen anything in my quick perusal of the latest Playtest Packet that makes me want to sit down and read it.  I guess I'll wait for others to break it down and highlight stuff.  Very anti-climatic.  Doesn't look great, doesn't look horrid - it just exists.

So here I am with the DCC rules, trying to figure out what I did with the enclosed module that the preorders received, and figuring that DCC may just be the first game I run under the UA-LC umbrella. It has a atmosphere that should play out pretty well over a handful of gaming sessions.

On top of that, I need to figure out if there are parts I can yoke for my ACKS campaign. No game session this weekend, what with the holiday here in the states, which is good - it gives me some free time to read up on other game systems.

10 comments:

  1. From what I've heard about the 5e playtest, I don't think you're making a poor decision. DCC RPG is a genuinely fresh take on "D&D fantasy" and offers stuff that 5e either won't or can't. I haven't been as excited about playing a new fantasy RPG in, literally, years, which, to me, is a good indicator that Joseph Goodman and his crew have managed to do something amazing.

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  2. I downloaded the playtest rules and looked at it and thought to myself "so it is rules lite(ish)3.x...meh".

    Sticking to Labyrinth Lord-B/X for now!

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  3. well, at least singing the latest agreement frees me to discuss the earlier playtesting.

    and i found Doom of the Savage Kings in my wife's pile of reading - not sure how it got there ;)

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  4. That you have chosen to put aside the next materials and open the 400 page DCCRPG tome instead speaks volumes

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  5. Sign me up for your first game of DCC! Bring forth the funnel!!

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  6. Maybe because DCC is a complete game and the 5E playtest is not?

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  7. probably because i was part of the previous Friends & Family play test, and while version 1 had promise, version 2 had the whole group tap out...

    this latest version doesn't look to have improved much on it's predecessor to my precursory view.

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  8. I thought Rogue Trader was the first game you were going to run.

    I want in on this too. I haven't played D&D since 2e about 10 years ago.

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  9. Rogue Trader is on the very large list of games I'd like to run, but I think Mongoose Traveller would step in first (I loved running Traveller back in the day - even had house rules for expo and learning skills - long lost now)

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  10. I know exactly what you mean by "it just exists". I downloaded the rules, gave them a quick glance, and couldn't get warm or cold over it.

    I haven't seen DCC yet, but all the good comments about it make me curious.

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